Photo: Chris Stevens in London

Chris Stevens

Artist, Curator

I always use figures in my paintings. I use them to challenge the preconceptions we have about people due to media stereotyping. The paintings are concerned with identity, class, race, gender and the environment. This narrative is an essential element in my work, without a narrative I lose interest. I am however also concerned with the language of paint and the abstract nature of the process. I am not am not concerned with traditional portraiture as the people I paint are like actors on a stage depicting a type rather than an individual identity.The irony is that I know all the people I paint be it that they are friends, family or students that I teach and as a result it is inevitable that they do not stay anonymous. This is the element of the painting that transforms the subjects from anonymous stereotypes to people with an individual identity. The figures are set against sparse backgrounds which are usually reminiscent of a decaying urban environment. There are also additional images introduced which juxtapose with the central characters to help to create the narrative. read full statement

Location London
Activities Higher education, Lecturing, Residencies, Curating
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting, Research

News & Events

  • REALITY, Modrn & Contemporary British Painting

    26/09/2014 – 01/03/2015
    Sainsbury Centre

    Curated and exhibiting in show with Walter Sickert, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney, alongside contemporary painters.

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